Evan Longoria, Third Base, Tampa Bay Rays, #3


Date of Birth: 10/7/1985
Birthplace: Downey, California
College: California State University at Long Beach
Nickname: Longo

Evan Longoria, third baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays, made his major league debut in 2008. He had an outstanding first year in the majors, batting .272 with 27 home runs and 85 RBIs in 122 games for Tampa Bay. Longoria received the American League Rookie of the Year award for his first year efforts in 2008.

Longoria continued to play well in 2009, receiving both Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for that season. He won his second Gold Glove the following year. His numbers fell down in 2011 and 2012, partly due to injuries that forced him to miss 13 weeks in 2012.

In November, 2012, Longoria signed a six-year, $100 million contract with the Rays. He was back to strong form in 2013, batting .269 with 165 hits, 39 doubles, 32 home runs, and 88 RBIs in 160 games. He finished the 2014 season with 158 hits, 26 doubles, 22 home runs, 91 RBIs, and a .253 batting average in a career high 162 games.

Longoria finished the 2016 season with a career high 173 hits, 41 doubles, a career high 36 home runs, 98 RBIs, and a .273 batting average. As the Rays' third baseman, he made 254 assists, 30 double plays, 103 putouts, and 9 errors in 152 games.

In 2017, Longoria had a .261 batting average in 156 games. He finished with 160 hits, 36 doubles, 20 home runs, 86 RBIs, and 109 strikeouts to 46 walks. Defensively, as the Rays' third baseman in 142 games, he made 267 assists, 33 double plays, 96 putouts, and 12 errors. He had a .968 fielding percentage.

Statistics for Longoria in ten seasons (2008-2017) in the major leagues include:

  • 7 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 173 in 2016
  • 7 seasons with over 30 doubles, with a high of 46 in 2010
  • 9 seasons with 20 or more home runs, with a high of 36 in 2016
  • 2 seasons with over 100 RBIs, with a high of 113 in 2009

Career batting statistics for Longoria through 2017 include:

  • 1,435 games played
  • 1,471 hits
  • 338 doubles
  • 261 home runs
  • 892 RBIs
  • 1,220 strikeouts to 569 walks
  • .270 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Longoria at third base through 2017 include:

  • 1,345 games played
  • 2,439 assists
  • 303 double plays
  • 1,011 putouts
  • 115 errors
  • .968 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Evan Longoria
ESPN Sports - Evan Longoria